It demands that countries, entities and individuals “abandon their activities, whatever their type”
MADRID, 18 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Polisario Front has asked this Wednesday all the countries, entities and individuals of the world to “abandon their activities” in the Saharawi territories, arguing that they are “in a state of open war” after the incidents of last week with Morocco in the Guerguerat area.
The Government of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) has indicated in a statement that it “makes an urgent appeal to all the countries of the world and entities or individuals that have interests in the land of Western Sahara to abandon their activities, whatever be your type, as the territory is in a state of open warfare. “
He also highlighted that “the SADR Army is in a state of self-defense after the aggression committed by the Moroccan occupation forces on November 13 in the Guerguerat area, in flagrant violation of the ceasefire established by the United Nations” .
“The war that was imposed on our people, and that the Moroccan regime itself acknowledged having started, has forced us to consider the entire territory of the SADR, its airspace and maritime waters as a war zone between the Saharawi People’s Liberation Army ( ELPS) and the invading forces of the Moroccan occupier “, has settled.
Hours earlier, the secretary of the SADR Ministry of Security and Documentation, Sidi Ugal, had indicated that “the Polisario Front, which can no longer tolerate Moroccan intransigence and the inability of the United Nations to impose its authority over the enemy, continues keeping the doors open (to dialogue) but with the irreversible decision to resume the armed struggle. “
“The Polisario Front declared the resumption of the armed struggle to liberate all its territories under Moroccan occupation, without exception of area or place,” he stressed, as the official Sahrawi news agency, SPS, has collected.
Likewise, Ugal has stated that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) “has not only failed to implement its commitments stipulated in the UN-African Union Settlement Plan, but has also become a guardian of a ceasefire that was only part of that plan. “
“The main objective for which the Polisario Front was founded is the total liberation of the territory of the SADR and that objective is for which we will sacrifice our blood and spare no effort. No matter the price until we reach it,” he added.
For his part, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, shared with his Moroccan counterpart, Naser Burita, Moscow’s position in favor of resolving disputes “exclusively through political and diplomatic methods based on the principles of International Law “.
In this sense, he has called on Morocco and the Polisario Front to “strengthen the ceasefire regime and reduce the tensions that have developed in recent days in the Guerguerat buffer zone”, as reported by the Foreign Ministry Russian through its website.
Tensions have increased dramatically since Rabat announced on Friday the start of a military deployment to end the blockade carried out since October 21 by Sahrawi activists. The Polisario considers the Guerguerat pass “illegal”, located in the southwestern part of Western Sahara and bordering Mauritania.
The incidents are the most serious since 2016, when Morocco began remodeling and paving a road in territory formally under the control of the Polisario. Both Morocco and the Sahrawi sent armed forces to the area, although they withdrew after the UN intervention to prevent an escalation.
Guerguerat is under Moroccan control and is the main border post with Mauritania. Rabat considers the area between the post and the border with Mauritania as ‘no man’s land’, while the Polisario Front considers it its own territory and that is reflected in the ceasefire agreement signed by both parties in 1991.